Pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.
"‘She’s stronger than she looks,” says pilot Amelia Wren (a formidable Felicity Jones), patting her hot-air balloon. It’s 1862 in London and she and meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) are to ascend higher than any man or woman before them, rising above 10,000 onlookers."
"Some tremendous effects and sweet-natured romantic imaginings lift this Victorian ballooning adventure – as Mary Poppins might have put it – up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear. It’s a likably unworldly flight of fancy, or semi-factuality."